This collection of 55 finely-crafted short stories and a short novel reveal the mystique of inexplicable happenings, the human passions of revenge, ambition, the humanity of blood-ties and alienation by greed, circumstance and choice. They are stories of action, of loss and triumph of the human spirit and love of life, strikingly contrary to the culture of death of the modern American New Age sophisticate. There is humor in naivete, angst in the scorn of power, mystery in inexplicable happenings in real life. There emerges, also, that folly of risk, that loneliness of celebration alone by the aged, that pandering to power by the cunning and a love-promise broken only by death. What things appear to be in this life are not what, in reality they are beneath the surface. Nor what they might have been with a little luck. To say more is to give away the mystery of narration, ancient pasttime for mankind the world over.